Thursday, March 31, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger used accounting tricks to lie to voters about California's budget, and he's supposed to fight supervillains?

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Stan Lee is sullying himself by joining forces with the failed former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to create a comic book based on a caricature of Mr. Schwarzenegger's screen persona. It is called "The Crapinator."

Sorry. I mean, "The Governator."
The animated TV show and comic book, being co-developed by no less a superhero authority than Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee, won’t be out until next year, but this week EW offers an exclusive early look at Arnold’s cartoon alter-ego. “The Governator is going to be a great superhero, but he’ll also be Arnold Schwarzenegger,” Lee says of the semi-fictional character. “We’re using all the personal elements of Arnold’s life. We’re using his wife [Maria Shriver]. We’re using his kids. We’re using the fact that he used to be governor. Only after he leaves the governor’s office, Arnold decides to become a crime fighter and builds a secret high-tech crime-fighting center under his house in Brentwood.”
How effective will Mr. Schwarzenegger be as a crime fighter? Well, if his record as governor of California is any indication, not very.

Perhaps they should make "The Governator" a villain? He rides a recall wave, is swept into office to save the state from the abyss of financial ruination and... Leaves the state in worse shape than before, weaker, with higher unemployment, cities declining, and companies leaving.

This is the "Governator" who got roundly defeated by public sector unions and democrats back in 2005.

Shouldn't superheroes inspire confidence? Shouldn't they convey a sense of power? Let's leave aside the politics of what Mr. Schwarzenegger did. He took on the unions, and they beat him like a drum. So if you're pro union and think they should have everything that they were fighting for, then Schwarzenegger's a villain who tried to destroy the working man. If you think the unions shouldn't have won that special election, then your "hero" who took them on lost to a bunch of greedy bastards who are bleeding the state dry.

And of course that loss changed everything for him. Mr. Schwarzenegger didn't regroup and try again; he flip-flopped. A lot. He used budget tricks to understate the level of California's financial problems and push them off on future taxpayers (i.e., "the children").

As for his wife, Maria Shriver, she is a blatant law-breaker herself.

Stan Lee is the creator of Stripperella, for crying out loud. He can do better than this.

So can readers. Instead of "The Governator," why not try this comic book based on real people?

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